Interim Country Director Sylvia Tran Feature

Senhoa Foundation's Interim Country Director, Sylvia Tran, was featured by the Clinton School of Public Service regarding her work with Senhoa. Sylvia will be receiving her Master's of Public Service in May 2015.


Sylvia Tran of Fort Smith, Ark. spent five months in Siem Reap, Cambodia completing her University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service final Capstone project with the Lotus Kids’ Club (LKC), an early-intervention program for anti-human trafficking funded by the Senhoa Foundation (Senhoa) in partnership with the Cambodian Center for the Protection of Children’s Rights (CCPCR).

Tran provided evidence-based guidance for improving LKC to ensure its sustainability and positive impact and conducted research to identify improvement areas, provided feasible recommendations, and guided the staff on how to carry out said recommendations. There were sixteen total results for this project including methods for creating a culture of feedback, recommendations on proper program planning, and efficient data collection.

LKC operates four main programs including a preschool, primary school sponsorship, the Family Development Program, and the Afternoon Community Program. It uses a comprehensive approach to address issues found in the Samaki community in Siem Reap including the lack of education, poverty, and human trafficking.

Tran’s work helps LKC continue providing crucial services that assure appropriate, long-lasting community development practices. “Sylvia is an extraordinary young woman with an unwavering commitment to helping underprivileged communities. She has dramatically changed and improved the landscape of Senhoa’s work in Cambodia” said Lisa Nguyen, executive director of the Senhoa Foundation. “With compassion as our guiding compass for the road ahead, we are looking forward to Sylvia’s leadership and skills.”

Tran will return to Cambodia as Country Director for Senhoa after graduation. The capstone project is the last of three major field projects in the Clinton School curriculum. Tran will graduate May 2015 after defending her capstone project to Clinton School faculty.

View the official press release from the Clinton of Public Service here.

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